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central russia is reeling from friday's spectacular meteor strike that left over a thousand people injured and caused widespread damage and distress. rival rallies in egypt anti-government protesters once again clashed with police while hard line islamists march in support of the president. accusing the opposition of inciting violence. by his fellow republican senators u.s. defense secretary nominee chuck hagel will be given another try but only after a week long test to be anti hawkish views our top stories this hour. from the new center here in moscow this is r.t. with the on line on screen twenty four hours a day people in russia's urals are recovering from the shock of the me that crashed
to earth in the area on friday the space rock exploded in the sky creating a powerful shockwave and damaging hundreds of buildings including schools. twelve hundred people have been injured as a result of the devastating explosion many of them children what do you got of this kind of reports now from effected region. thankfully the night passed quietly and without any incidents in chile i've insistence there were fears that more meteors were going to hit the area nothing of the kind happened but the consequences of friday's meteor are still quite a handful it's not only about shattered glass lots of old buildings were damaged as well like this factory there behind me where parts of the wall and roof just
collapsed which is remarkable since we're around one hundred kilometers which is there is sixty miles away from where the media or fell on friday the explosion was so powerful nasa says it was equal to around twenty new cars dropped on hiroshima thankfully these explosions caused by the media were not accompanied by lethal radioactivity for more what happened here on friday here's this report it wasn't a bird or a plane or superman but something much louder brighter faster and many times of war terrifying because big bright like he was shining across the sky you know blinding brighter than the sun it was around nine am when the skies were suddenly lit up by media or flying over breaking into three parts and leaving a striking trail of smoke before vanishing just minutes later the city and the surrounding areas were literally rocked by a series of massive explosion. and i immediately
called one of my teammates who lives in my building and i you know i couldn't get through to him by phone in work so i was a little bit scared at the point so powerful it damaged buildings and shattered windows all across the city but. i was told that it plane crashed right into our building then we were told that a wall has been partly dislodged and metal structures inside of a band by the blast wave it was very scary. many were able to film the unearthly tsunami on a leader flooding the web with footage as rumors spread of what it might have been a stricken airplane a satellite that orbits even the beginning of the end of the world an orgy documentary crew that was working in the area suddenly found themselves at the center of events that. we saw a huge tail in the sky light from an airplane and then there was
a bright fire and an explosion the feeling was like there are threats ring we thought a military jets may have crashed or that it was some manmade disaster it was a relief to find out it was a natural phenomenon except over twelve hundred people were injured including over two hundred children mostly from pieces of shattered glass not one of the girls ran out to take pictures yes. and she was thrown in by the wave that came after the the flash and then we. my ears got blocked and the whole room get got filled with dust just like like a fog it's estimated the media is we need to varied from ten to forty tons and its speed of around twenty miles per second it gave it a huge amount of energy and made it very difficult to detect in advance there are telescopes networks operated by nasa in the u.s. and what's cosmos and russia and the european space agency others that are out
there trying to detect and track asteroids but honestly there's a lot of there's hundreds of thousands and their biggest focus is on the really large ones ones that are hundreds of meters in diameter or kilometers in diameter that could potentially you know do to us what happened to the dinosaurs thankfully no one was killed this time and luckily the meteor didn't hit any industrial facilities including several nuclear sites located in the region. crouse from the school of earth and space exploration says this was an event of huge scientific interest. meteor is an asteroids all commenting of them come from the outer part of our solar system perturbations from the planet jupiter and other planets there's a huge. store of of comets asteroids and out outside the orbits of jupiter and outside in fact the outer solar system some of them periodically get disturbed by the gravity of the inner planets and get sent inwards some of them are
big balls of ice and become comets others are big balls of rock and the impact on mars and the earth and the moon and. what's fascinating is actually you could if you can collect some of this material some of it is primordial if we actually detect it and we can we can get it right after it falls we can actually measure material that hasn't been processed since the solar system formed four and have billion years ago so for scientists it's a fascinating event and i'm happy that people weren't killed by it but if some of that material can be recovered it will be incredibly interesting and important for scientists don't come we go to special section on the exploding space rock in the havoc it reeked long to check out the exact timeline of the incident as well as more images and first hand accounts.
egypt is once again being shaken by burning buildings and stone throwing protesters with tear gas and water cannon unleashed in response as rallies against the president and ruling islamists have routinely turned into clashes with riot police the renewed unrest began on the second anniversary of the country's revolt it has been taking place weekly since then this time however there was massive rallies a rival rally organized by hardline islamist thousands gathered in courage to show their support for president morsi and islamic law demonstrators lashed out at the opposition blaming them for violence that has taken at least seventy lives in recent weeks at this point this display of loyalty to the current leadership many experts believe it's days are numbered. what egypt last two years is in effect a coup by twelve percent it's the actual number of eligible voters who voted for the sharia constitution and that's the muslim brotherhood and the majority of the egyptians they are dead set against any kind of shari'a constitution they want to
have their democracy they want to be able to breathe openly and were should go out in their own way and not be told what to do now i think the interesting thing is what's happening in washington since the second obama term began i think what we're seeing is on the obama have it that this entire muslim brotherhood experiment of the arab spring has turned out to be a catastrophe and they're pivoting their energies toward china and downgrading their support of groups like morsi so i think what's playing out now is the brotherhood is finished in egypt i don't see any way that there's going to be a reconciliation and the people the people smell that they sense that they feel that and that's what's driving so even the brotherhood steps that are peacefully and respects the will the majority or we're going to have a very bloody ugly egypt. to libya now where unlike egypt rallies marking the two year anniversary since the end to get out the uprising broke out have been largely
peaceful so far but fears of unrest and violence are still strong as there's a mixed mood in the country ahead of official celebrations in benghazi the birthplace of the revolt a bomb exploded outside a police station but local media reported the attack was purely criminal and like any political motive there is however a growing feeling of discontent over the power of militias it bunts of guns and a lack of government control political analysts talk to even have a new she explains what trends in post gadhafi libya are threatening the country's future. what we have seen over the last two years in libya is that this integration of a new form of central control paving the way for the fragmentation of the country into three states at the same time there is around lawlessness in the country there is an outgrowth of fundamentalism of the criminals that has spilled over and somali as we have seen over the last couple of months
a little bit. more than two months and at the same time we have this but. thrive breaking out between the front militias and the country so yes a lot has changed but not for the better chuck hagel will be given another shot at becoming the u.s. defense secretary after the senate returns from recess in less than ten days from now a stalling vote by hagel as fellow republicans saw him fall just short of landing the job early this week it in veteran is known for preferring diplomatic tools to direct military action opposing the views of his party members and for criticism of the jewish lobby in washington assistant secretary of u.s. treasury under president reagan paul craig roberts told us how some of her previous comments have backfired against him. she had. made a mistake some years ago when he said that he was an american son of an israeli senator and this instant come up. in the last
presidential election in the united states the israeli prime minister. supported. the peace process for them and treated the president of the united states and in very demeaning way. and so a bomb in their eyes and back to the israeli prime minister by appointing a u.s. senator who did a very very rare thing and asserted his independence. the israeli government u.s. authorities are planning to find a way every tweet have a cent in a huge archive. they're doing a lot of other stuff that they should be doing like killing people across the world but you know there's only so much we can do i think so our guard tweets are kind of low on the priority but i'd still want that they should stop during the. nature of the program or how often as quick as people in new york that kind of interest is
a necessary safeguard or a sinister form of sleeping. still to come to south thames to study the shaky global economy being made at the g twenty gathering of finance heads in moscow report on the cracks within their ranks this much more break. with. technology innovation all the developments around russia we. covered. welcome to the big.
news today. these are the images the world has been seeing from the streets of canada. today. new big game against big brother being played across germany where activists at teaming up to destroy as many surveillance cameras as possible the players claim the message is serious and that they're protecting the privacy of exposed when their actions about it were just another form of vandalism if you ever get the
feeling that someone is watching you whilst walking through the streets of the german capital that may be more to it than paranoia. the amount of sensitivity civilians in germany is on the rise and it's not as bad as in other countries for example in the u.k. where millions of cameras installed but still the number is rising and that's worrying us. that increase has seen some berliners take quite drastic action and fight back against what they see as the invasion of their privacy the target for their fight the cameras themselves the phenomenon has even produced an online game cam over the rules are simple film yourself destroying c.c.t.v. cameras posted online and points are awarded for the amount of camera smashed as well as bonus points for creativity although many privacy campaign is an easy this more militants approach we're not a particular big fan of while and even if it's violence against things that's
a form of protest we do not support of the ovi support the message. is contest will culminate in a protest ahead of the european police congress in berlin law enforcers fear the movement and its methods will only rise in popularity and public damage i don't think it's it's a group that is committing these crimes i think these are some people from the left wing political corner they want others to compete with them to destroy cameras and what about allegations that the rise in c.c.t.v. coverage was turning berlin into an all well state no i don't think so i think we have a strict law that the only personal belongings or the personal. the ground you own can be protected by a camera you're not allowed to point the camera at
a public street and so i don't think there's. big brother watching everybody here germany does. some very strict laws when it comes to personal image rights even global giants like google of how to censor the faces of anyone snapped on this street view service the advancement of things like smartphones and the amount of pictures taken and uploaded to the web every day is sure to make it even more difficult for those who prefer to keep their anonymity the authorities deny that big brother is watching you in berlin however as the amount of c.c.t.v. in the city goes up it becomes increasingly difficult not to get caught on camera peter all over r.t. . on our website at the moment an image of two palestinian children killed by israeli soldiers scoops the twenty twelve world press photo award but it turns out there are even more shocking images doing the rounds on social networks and sparking mass outrage you can find out more on that at t.
dot com also online at the moment a russian man raids a mental health center to rescue his girlfriend claiming she was unfairly section at the request of his mother you find out who's in trouble now. the finance chief of the world's biggest economies of united in chorus against looming currency wars falling high level talks in moscow for russia the gathering is seen as a launch pad for its hosting of the g. twenty summit later this year. takes a look at what sparked the currency battle talks in the first place and what is behind the apparent unity. japan is actually at the center of this crisis because of its aggressive monetary and fiscal policies that have led to a weakening of the yen and basically in tough economic times one option that a country house is to artificially make the value of its currency worth a little bit less so for example making something like this twenty dollar bill worth less you can do that by a variety of means like printing money why would you want to do that because when
you do you value your currency your manufacturing good your goods your exports become cheaper and that gives you a short term economic boost which is something that a lot of these countries europe the united states japan certainly desperately need in these tough economic times there are many problems with this approach but of course the biggest one is that when you start to do something your trading partners will say hey your stuff is cheaper i want to follow suit and do the same thing and that results in a tit for tat economic clash that we know as a currency war what we're hearing right now is finance ministers essentially saying this currency war thing it's probably not going to happen does that mean that that's the case we don't quite know perhaps japan and other countries have gotten the message behind closed doors but the other issue that a lot of experts have really brought up here is that there is no consensus in the g twenty on this issue because of internal divisions for example what you have as doing isn't really all that different from what the fed in the united states does which has been printing money furiously so there's really not
a lot of incentive for countries to sort of get together and take a tough stance on this issue another battle that we've really seen emerge in these talks between the united states and europe over a spirit versus debt basically the europeans have been pushing for countries to stick to agreements that were decided upon several years ago to cut down borrowing and debt they think that this sort of tough austerity medicine is the kind of thing that's going to help this economic crisis come to an end well countries like the united states and we in fact i've heard that the u.s. is blocking specifically this push they don't want to reduce their borrowing because they're heavily indebted and if they stop borrowing if they reduce their deficit that could theoretically hurt unemployment and other sort of domestic internal issues. why some currency war tactics work for some and not for others let's discuss barty's financial gurus max kaiser and stacy herbert very short you can watch the full program later but here's a quick preview. everybody is doing it venezuela devalued recently by over thirty
percent in the u.k. the pound has pound sterling has fallen by over ten percent against international currencies and yet their export market is up barely point one percent so it hasn't worked for them they showed up to a global currency war with their feet paper and it hasn't done anything for them you know if you show up to a gunfight with a knife chances are you're getting i've got stripped shot in the street like a shark to a currency war with paper like. these other central bank lands and you'll also be eviscerated gunned down in the street by the gold vigilantes and that's a good thing. some other international news now for you clashes have broken out in turkey between police and protesters on the fourteenth anniversary of the arrest of the leader of the kurdistan workers party known as the p.k. k. demonstrations took place in several provinces across the country security forces
use water cannon and to gas to disperse crowds the p.k. k. is known for for kurdish autonomy demanding greater political and cultural rights. thousands of protesters are gathering in the capitals of portugal and spain responding to union calls to put on a show of anger of a fresher sturdy measures according to eyewitness reports there are at least five thousand people taking part in madrid with more expected to join spain has seen a wave of rallies in recent months with protests over fresh budget cuts in education and medical sectors. now street cameras and other kinds of surveillance across the us good citizens the feeling of having a less and less previously but it seems what you've done in the post. also won't be forgotten this the library of congress is now creating a database of all tweets ever posted their health minister to the streets of new york to find out whether the government is once again showing too much interest in people's private lives.
the library of congress announced that it storing our tweet is this just another method of surveillance or is it a way of archiving the times this week let's talk about that did you know that our government is starting to store all of our tweets they're archiving them in the library of congress not surprised you're not surprised by that now why not they're quite everything are you ok with that no absolutely not. so what do we do about it you know i don't know because they're doing a lot of other stuff that they should be doing like killing people across the world but you know there's only so much we can do i think so our tweets are kind of low on the priority but it's still a point that they should stop yeah it's just another way that they can surveil us right yes but i think how would you feel about your government storing all those tweets that scares me the thought of that because i mean like you could tweak
things i mean for about three years now and i kind of member what we had back then if they couldn't find out just kind of see what it was that's quite scary have you ever tweeted something that you might not want stored for all time usually a tweet recipes and food related things so i'd love it if this story. i mean there's a really surprised at your facebook and they track everything you do i mean they have the right so they stay a long stay in private they're just doing this for your protection do you believe that you trust them to use that not as a way to surveil you or invade your privacy you know i believe they're i mean what more can they do i mean if you put stuff out there that you don't want to be out to do with where you should just keep your private stuff to use simple. i'm sure that all over the place whether or not you think the government storing our tweets is an invasion of privacy and the bottom line is you better think twice before you tweet because you never know who might be listening.
brings up today for the moment i'll be back with more news with the team in about thirty five minutes from now in the meantime abby martin investigates the reason behind the recent u.s. senate filibuster of hey who's nomination as secretary of defense that is breaking the says. some countries want oil but that's kid stuff who needs oil when you could secure the world's largest supply of trucker darrow so-to located exclusively in sweden and meeting sweden for absolutely no logical reason is a possible you say well supreme commander of the swedish armed forces general
sphere guru and son must have watched red dawn too many times because he thinks the russians are a common general durance and declared that if invaded by russia sweden wouldn't be able to last a week against the onslaught therefore sweden must immediately join nato he said that currently it is not quite possible to invade sweden but due to the two thousand and eight war with georgia it is possible for russia to somehow push through established european borders bring their forces up to sweden's gates putting the generals country in danger but guess what according to your own council of the european union georgia started the war so by that logic if the two thousand and one with georgia is the example of the future then don't kill russian peacekeeping troops and you'll have nothing to worry about but general goran so also made the point that president putin is rearming the russian army hinting at a threat of being heavily armed to defend yourself is a bad scary thing then joining up with nato seems to be pretty hypocritical if the people of sweden want to join nato well that is their choice but they shouldn't be
tricked into having their taxpayers pay for their sons to die in afghanistan based on totally bogus arguments that make no sense. that's just my opinion. loaf. to live on one hundred thirty three bucks a month for food i should try it because you know how fabulous i had luck i got so many i mean the town i believe that i'm sitting seems really messed up. in the old story so personally appealing to the. worst you are going through. my house of a. radio guy in fort lauderdale minestrone probably what clothes were about
to give you never seen anything like this i'm told. though i'm having mine and so today palestinians clashed with israeli soldiers and several demonstrations held in support of some aerosol we political prisoner who's been detained by israeli forces he was initially arrested by the israeli army in two thousand and two and sends to thirty five years in jail for protesting under a deal brokered with egypt he was released in two thousand and eleven along with four hundred seventy six other prisoners tragically samar was once again detained last year for the crime of entering jerusalem in the last two hundred six days he's been on a hunger strike in protest of being held without charges or trial now he's closer inching.